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More outside groups spend on Pa.'s US Senate race

Associated Press Published: October 26, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The race between Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and his Republican challenger Tom Smith is getting increasingly expensive as more outside groups start paying for TV ads.

A group spearheaded by Lehigh County Republican Party chairman Wayne Woodman and the Washington, D.C.-based National Republican Senatorial Committee are spending more than $800,000 combined to help Smith.

Smith's campaign is already on pace to outspend Casey's campaign by two-to-one after July 1.

Casey's endorsed by the state's major newspapers in his quest for a second, six-year term. Smith is a political newcomer who made a fortune in coal mining.

Smith's campaign says the NRSC is contributing $500,000. The biggest contributor to Woodman's group, "Fight for the Dream," is Rosebud Mining Co., which bought Smith's mines in 2010. It gave $240,000.